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  • When Hardy saw the disgraceful conditions in the native camp on Wave Hill station, he exclaimed, 'If Australia is the Lucky Country, then the Aborigines must be the unluckiest people in the world!' This book was born of his need to tell white Australia of the crimes being committed in its name against the Aboriginal people. The Unlucky Australians, for the first time, were fighting to get a fair go and the Wave Hill Strike, which was followed by a migration of a large part of the Gurindji tribe to build their own village at Wattie Creek is still one of the most important milestones in the Aborigines'  battle for equality. This is the dramatic and true story, told in part by Hardy and in part by Dexter Daniels, Aboriginal union organiser; Vincent Lingiari, leader of the Gurindji tribe; Lupgna Giari, stockman; and Robert Tudawali, former film star. (Jedda and Whiplash). It is the story of the  suffering, courage and dignity which lay behind the strikes of the Aboriginal stockmen in 1966 and 1967 - a strike which lasted nine years. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • A complicated childhood in Australia, a bold move to London, being a woman in a man's world on Not the Nine O'Clock News, becoming Mrs Billy Connolly, motherhood, career changes and then Strictly Come Dancing - told in her own inimitable style, The Varnished Untruth is Pamela Stephenson's own story: a challenging story and one that can only engender respect and admiration. Illustrated with colour and black and white photographs.
  • In 1858, as a result of the mutiny, the sovereignty of India passed from the East India Trading Company to the British Crown; and the then Governor-General, Lord Canning, was given the more romantic title of Viceroy. This book covers the Viceroys from 'Clemency' Canning to Mountbatten and is concerned with the men who held an office, which, in its combination of responsibility and splendor, is without parallel in modern history. There are figures as diverse as the craggy John Lawrence and the charming, urbane Dufferin; the dynamic Mayo and the wayward Lytton; the humble, high-minded Ripon and the brilliant, overbearing Curzon; the patrician Lansdowne and the self-made lawyer Reading. They are portrayed against the background of their times in India; much use being made of contemporary letters, many of them unpublished. There are also their wives, ranging from the beautiful and tragic Lady Canning to the redoubtable Lady Willingdon. It is by no means confined to matters of state, giving a lively and nostalgic picture of the ceremonial and social side of Viceregal life over a century, and the delights and discomforts of reigning in the Government Houses of Simla, Calcutta and Delhi, surrounded by a retinue of secretaries, body guards, ADCs and an army of servants; progresses by elephant, sedan-chair, houseboat, bullock cart and train and in general, an overall picture of a series of rulers who were, on the whole, suited to their office in which some achieved greatness and most were successful. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • The figure of the governess is very familiar from nineteenth-century literature, but much less is known about the governess in reality. This book is the first rounded exploration of what the life of the home schoolroom was actually like. Drawing on original diaries and a variety of previously undiscovered sources, Kathryn Hughes describes why the period 1840-80 was the classic age of governesses, examining their numbers, recruitment, teaching methods, social position and prospects. The governess provides a key to the central Victorian concept of the lady. Her education consisted of a series of accomplishments designed to attract a husband able to keep her in the style to which she had become accustomed from birth. Becoming a governess was the only acceptable way of earning money open to a lady whose family could not support her in leisure. Being paid to educate another woman's children set in play a series of social and emotional tensions. The governess was a surrogate mother, who was herself childless, a young woman whose marriage prospects were restricted and a family member who was sometimes mistaken for a servant.
  • This book is described as expertly informative for the intending tourist or the armchair tourist. The magnetic fields of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are visited as well as the less-trodden ways of Finland, Iceland and Greenland. The author is credited with a good eye for spectacular natural phenomena: the fire and snow in Iceland, Greenland's icy mountains, water, islands and sky as well as an interest in historical entertainments. From Kirkus Reviews: "The solid information outweighs the cafe chatter. However, the author cannot resist some sniggering appreciations of sex mores in Sweden and Denmark, which leads to an inane 'interview' with a quartet of Swedish damosels and a happy view of the nude bathing of a Finnish poet's wife. " Illustrated with numerous colour and black and white photographs.
  • Marseilles, August, 1948: 545 passengers board the clapped-out SS Derna with light suitcases and heavy hearts, leaving behind the familiar world to face an uncertain future in Australia and New Zealand. They came from displaced persons camps in Germany, death camps in Poland, gulags in Siberia. There were those who had been hunted by the Nazis and those who had welcomed them; those who had followed the Communists and those who had fled them. Among them were a Russian princess, a Polish ghetto fighter, an Estonian submarine commander and sixty one Jewish orphans. As conditions on board deteriorated over the three month journey, tensions and violence simmered above and below decks, But romances, affairs and seductions also flourished and life long friendships were formed. Diane Armstrong sailed on the Derna with her parents when she was nine years old.  She managed to locate over 100 passengers and has recreated the voyage through their recollections, memorabilia and archival documents, tracing what became of their hopes and their dreams. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

  • The story of four of the pioneers of the moving picture industry:  Jack, Sam, Harry and Abe - with plenty of reminiscences from the greats of the silver screen.
  • From the pacific to the belligerent, the warrior queens include Catherine the Great, Elizabeth I, Isabella of Spain, the Rani of Jhansi and the formidable Queen Jinga of Angola - all women who have ruled and led in war and who have wrested power from their male adversaries. Taking Boadicea as the definitive example, Fraser's champions from other ages make an awesome assembly.  If Boadicea's apocryphal chariot has ensured her a place in history, then what myths surround the others? Illustrated with black and white photographs.
  • This is no conventional biography of Henry Ford - the greatest and most maverick exponent of free enterprise.  Rather, it's a fascinating study of Ford's philosophy of business and the strange personal idiosyncrasies of the man himself. Garrett sees Henry Ford for the genius that he was, as an entrepreneur who saw the possibilities and seized on them and of the obstacles Ford faced and overcame.  He chronicles Ford's battles with the government and the unions and demonstrates that Ford could move with the times and stay innovative. Illustrated with black and white photographs.